Oct. 1, 2011
Minnesota Senior Defensive Back Kyle Henderson
On the defense's mindset ... "Really, they just came at us hard in the first part of the game. It really was just a matter of getting back to what we were supposed to be doing, getting back to our fundamentals. We were playing, like coach said, very undisciplined and all that showed right away."
On U-M quarterback Denard Robinson ... "Denard Robinson is a very explosive player and we knew that coming into this game. We were really trying to contain him. Players like that, they only come once in awhile and really that's all I can say. He's just a really explosive player."
On the kick return touchdown being called back ... "Once things start going bad, it's kind of like a steam roll or snowball effect. I really do believe that momentum and energy, positive or negative, is a real thing, and today I guess we just did not have it going for us."
Minnesota Freshman Quarterback Max Shortell
On their offensive execution ... "As an offense we just didn't convert. We had a good game plan going in and we had chances and we didn't capitalize on those chances."
On when he found out he'd start today ... "Late in the week (Thursday) they decided to hold out MarQueis (Gray) and I had to step up and do what I could."
On taking any positives away from this game ... "It's a great experience to get in there and get a full game in. Even late in the game each rep counts, each rep means something. We just have to go back and look at film and see what I did right and see what I did wrong."
On starting quarterback MarQueis Gray giving him advice ... "He was right there when I talked to the coaches upstairs, wondering what they were saying, and giving me tips. He was just helping me out throughout the game."
On expecting pressure from Michigan ... "In the film we saw that they did different things, they brought pressure, we expected it. We expected them to give us some chances, some throws outside, and we just didn't convert them. We put a lot of pressure on our defense. I don't even think we converted a third down and that's tough on the defense because they're out there pretty much the whole game."
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